05/18/2014 12:04 pm ET Updated May 19, 2014

Lynne Cheney Says She Was Complimenting The Clintons With Her Lewinsky Conspiracy Theory

Lynne Cheney, wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said her theory that the Clintons were behind the recent Monica Lewinsky essay in Vanity Fair is "a large compliment," not a criticism.

Cheney, who is making the rounds promoting her new biography on James Madison, doubled down on her theory during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" with her husband.

“Well, I was really paying the Clintons a large compliment. I was saying how clever they are politically,” Cheney said. “It seemed to me if you had something that might come up during the campaign that would be damaging, it was very smart to get it out of the way early. So, that’s my case, Chris, and I’m staying with it.”

On May 7, Cheney suggested Lewinsky's essay may be "an effort on the Clintons' part to get that story out of the way" during an interview on Fox News.



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